Visit the falls near the O'Reilly's original hut on the plateau and grab some great views of the waterfall and across the gorge towards Castle Crag.

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Getting there

Head to the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. The walk to Morans Falls starts about 1km before you reach the (O'Reilys) car park at the end of the road.  If the carpark is full you can park at O'Reilys and backtrack.


The walk is clearly marked. Track maps are available from the information centre.

Map of walk and surrounding area:

Route/Trail notes

Follow the track! Make sure to follow the track past the first lookout (after snapping some photos) down to where the track crosses the creek (great place for a snack) and on to the lookout a few hundred metres further on. This gives a great view over the gorge out towards Main Range.

Other References

Just about any guide book/website/brochure for Lamington or O'Reilly's will have something on the walk.

It's also worth checking out Bernard O'Reilly's book "Green Mountains" which describes the family's move to the plateau, including their first hut near Morans Falls.

GPS Tracks


A lovely walk down through the rainforest with a decent little workout coming back up.

rainbowshlee on 26 Apr, 2019

This is my favourite walk. I first went on this one when it was rainy and it was absolutely amazing, just check yourself for leaches! I’ve been 2 times after in clear weather and I loved it just as much but for some reason I do prefer going when it’s a bit rainy.

Kaitys on 28 Mar, 2019

Spectacular views, particularly in the afternoon

Mackamcb on Jan, 2019

My daughter and I completed this walk in the afternoon after setting up camp. Great afternoon walk and good prep for the Border Track the next day.

Very pretty waterfall and a nice easy walk.

Bobbe on Jan, 2019

Awesome work.. Well worth doing on Sunset

Dino the Explorer on 2019

Great walk, absolutely loved it.
We have twin 6 yr olds that enjoyed the walk as well.

Very Easy walk I was able to do it with a torn meniscus.

Pix on 26 Dec, 2018

Beautiful walk. The scenery and views are amazing. The walk is easy going, nothing too strenuous. Our 7 and 8 year olds managed well and we completed the walk in 90 minutes, including time to explore the falls and take photos.
Make sure you take some warm layers of clothing with you, as it's pretty cool underneath the trees and it's generally a few degrees cooler at O'Reilly's than down on the coast.
One of the better waterfalls we've visited - well worth it!

Sarah on 23 Sep, 2018

Visited with the whole family. Kids handled the walk easily (6 & 8). Saw a beautiful rainbow in the falls when we got there.

Richard Mason on 23 Sep, 2018

Excellent walk, especially if you rock hop to the top of the falls.

Lyric on 10 Sep, 2018

Completed this after doing the Python Rock walk. Really great walk with stunning views.

At the end of the trail there is a nice open area to sit down and eat any food you have brought with you.

As I mentioned in my Python Rock walk comment I would recommend doing this one second if you think you can tackle both of them. It's a good finisher for the day as your legs may be burning depending on the pace of your ascent.

Joel on 2 Sep, 2018

Did this walk with my husband and son for Mother’s Day very easy walk.
Weather was great on the day! Does get a little cold on the walk so make sure to pack a jumper.
Once u reach the falls definitely kick ur shoes off and walk in the water! We also sat right next to the falls on the rocks and enjoyed our packed lunch just be very careful with kids near edge as it’s just a very long deadly drop! But the view of the mountains and the waterfall was very peaceful.

Shara on 13 May, 2018

3.5/5 stars, 2hrs return at relaxed pace. Track is mostly dirt with some stairs every so often, not too much change in elevation. Scenery is nice - interesting treetops, interesting tree logs lying on the ground, interesting moss. Has a nice rainforesty feel without the vegetation being too dense, but does get a bit repetitive after a bit. Lookout view of the falls is partially blocked by some branches. Getting to the actual falls requires deviating off-track slightly; once you reach the final lookout (from which you can't actually see the falls), if you backtrack maybe 20m and hop over the fence, you can walk a couple more metres down to the river and the falls. View from the top of the falls is also pretty nice. Would recommend if staying at O’Reilly’s for the day, it’s a nice relatively short and easy, would be good to combine it with another shortish walk nearby such as moonlight crag or balancing rock. I've done this hike 1 time.

Sam on 7 May, 2018


Nice walk. Track is mostly dirt with some stairs every so often. Long enough to feel like you’re getting decent exercise, but short enough to not be exhausting. Going back uphill doesn’t involve huge slopes, more like gradual changes in gradient.

Scenery is nice. Interesting treetops, interesting tree logs lying on the ground, interesting moss. Has a nice rainforesty feel without the vegetation being too dense. Minus 2 points for limited waterfall view, despite the track having ‘falls’ in the name, you can really only see the falls at one point along the track at a small lookout. View is also slightly obstructed by a couple of branches and whatnot. Getting to the actual falls requires deviating off-track slightly; once you reach the final lookout, if you backtrack maybe 20m and hop over the fence, you can walk a couple more metres down to the river and the falls.

Would recommend for anyone staying at O’Reilly’s for the day, it’s a nice relatively short and easy walk, although I might prefer to do one of the other longer hikes in the area.

Sam on May, 2018

This would have to be one of my favourite places 😍

Head up to O'Rielleys and this hike is just before the carpark at the top of the mountain.

I do both of these hikes as they are both quite short but put together and it is a nice length.

I recommend doing Python Rock first then you can relax at Morans Fall's as the 2nd part to your hike.

Python Rock is 3.4 km return and has lovely views of Castle Crag over looking The Lost World and Razorback Mountain.

Morans Fall's is 4.4 km return.
It is a beautiful hike through lush rainforest 🍃 and ancient tree's 🌳 with the destination of the top of the Fall's feeling like the edge of the world 🌏

You will have to do some rock hopping to get to the top of the Fall's, but I guarantee you will love it 💙💚💛 Kick off your shoes 👣 and cool down in the crystal, cool water 🏞

This hike would be great for a family day out as it is an easy hike and the kid's will love playing and cooling off in the water 🌈

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Mel on 17 Feb, 2018

Took a friend as I was so impressed with this walk only a few days earlier.

Steve Batho on 7 Oct, 2017

A pretty walk & a good one for families too as it’s not difficult. I did it today in the drizzling rain & it was really nice & safe even when wet.

Steve Batho on 2 Oct, 2017

Did this one with the family. A bit long for the little one but nice a outlook over the waterfall at the end.

Tim on 21 Sep, 2017

Just joined the forum - great stuff here. It is a decade or more since I last visited the O'Reilly's end of the Lamington NP. As a kid and through to young adulthood I spent a lot of time at Lamington; the Morans Falls & Castle Crag walks were always my favourite short walks. Unfortunately, I have only managed 2 or 3 visits in the last 25-odd years. I will be back in Australia at Christmas with my kids and am hoping to spend a day up there, so Moran's Falls will be an ideal family walk. Does anyone know if the walk to the bottom of the falls has been re-opened? I have no idea when (or why) it was closed but I was surprised to find it closed on a visit in the late 1990's. I hope it is open again, as the swimming hole at the bottom of the falls was fabulous.

LostinLaos on 11 Sep, 2017

Great easy walk. excellent view from the falls. Well worth it.

Deane Smith on 10 Sep, 2017

Great walk through a beautiful forest. Nice and cool. Kids loved it. Beautiful waterfall and views at the end.

Ken Rafferty on 7 May, 2017


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